Category Archives: plastic bags

September Market Day Preview

Whew! I have been sewing up a storm, getting ready for Market Day. If you’re in Des Moines this coming weekend, you will definitely want to check it out. Learn about Market Day and RSVP to Market Day on Facebook.

I will be selling little makeup bags for your purse, recycled clutches and recycled tote bags! Today, my favorites are the clutches, because there are so many fun embellishments involved – I’ve had a blast collecting trims, buttons and charms. I could spend all day describing the products for sale, but I’ll let them do the talking. Click on any of the photos to see the Flickr set (includes more photos!).

 

Makeup Bags - all cotton with button closures.

Makeup Bags - all cotton with button closures.

 

These are the clutches - the yellow one is my ABSOLUTE favorite, and I secretly hope no one buys it so I can carry it around.

These are the clutches - the yellow one is my ABSOLUTE favorite, and I secretly hope no one buys it so I can carry it around.

This one is called Ice Ice Books Click on the image for more photos!

This one is called "Ice Ice Books" Click on the image for more photos!

… And we’re back!

I promise I haven’t been slacking. It’s been just the opposite, actually. I’ve been sewing like crazy to get my Iowa State Fair (“ISF”) projects done. Also, I had to stop being FunEmployed AND I’ve been training for the Hood To Coast race at the end of August in Portland. Busy? Not at all.

Lets start with the projects that didn’t make it to the fair: 

 

Ok, this wasnt really in the running for the fair, I made it about a month ago because I wanted a new clutch to match a new dress. Its made with gray plastic bags and embellished with vintage buttons and rickrack. Also, glitter.

Ok, this wasn't really in the running for the fair, I made it about a month ago because I wanted a new clutch to match a new dress. It's made with gray plastic bags and embellished with vintage buttons and rickrack. Also, glitter.

Simplicity 2863. Knit Dress. Very cute and comfy. Pretty easy too.

Simplicity 2863. Knit Dress. Very cute and comfy. Pretty easy too.

So, I bought this fabric on clearance, Mom thought it was going to suck. She doesn’t tell me this until AFTER I start sewing on it of course, because she knows how I get resistant when she tells me I can’t do something. So, this knit sews like a dream. I didn’t serge the inside because it wasn’t raveling at all.

The dress doesn’t actually unbutton – the front and back are one piece each. The strip down the middle is just another piece of fabric with fusible interfacing on the inside, then sewn down the whole length of the dress, and buttons sewn on for decor.

The gathers in the middle? Just as simple – just a strip sewn on the inside of the dress that you sewed four lines to get three tunnels to put elastic through – like this : | | | | So the elastic isn’t actually attached to the dress. The neck was easy, but since I’m not fantastic at knits its a little warbly.

Anyways, I’m in love.

I will post more about the projects entered in the ISF when the fair actually opens. But here’s a sneak preview:

 

My 6 projects - five of them are new, you may recognize my first Chop Top Frock in there. And I forgot to take a photo of the recycled plastic bag I made. Whoops. You get the idea.

My 6 projects - five of them are new, you may recognize my first Chop Top Frock in there. And I forgot to take a photo of the recycled plastic bag I made. Whoops. You get the idea.

More Recycled Tote Bags

 

It’s true. I’ve been slacking the past few weeks. I was going to move across the country, now I’m not and more. But I did whip up a couple of tote bags for some lucky family members.

 

Side 1 of Tims bag.

Side 1 of Tim's bag. I think the "Thank You" bags are really fun, perfect for these recycled totes. I also cut shapes into some other plastic bags for background colors.

 

Side 1 of Tims bag. He brought me a plethora of bags and inside was this little gem with a man giving a thumbs up. I couldnt resist ironing it on to this bag!

Side 1 of Tim's bag. He brought me a plethora of bags and inside was this little gem with a man giving a thumbs up. I couldn't resist ironing it on to this bag!

 

This is Tims other bag. I used various shapes and plastic bags for the random design.

This is Tim's other bag. I used various shapes and plastic bags for the random design.

 

My dad is going to be the most bad ass biker in Iowa. He had saved Harley bags from various stores hes visited, and gave them to me to make into a bag for him. BAD ASS!!!

My dad is going to be the most bad ass biker in Iowa. He had saved Harley bags from various stores he's visited, and gave them to me to make into a bag for him. BAD ASS!!!

So, I’m unemployed, but lets look at the silver lining: more time for crafting! I spent a couple of hours browsing the Iowa State Fair premium books today, planning out the projects I’m going to enter. I’m gonna need a lot of time to get stuff done! Here’s a sneak peek of some upcoming projects:

 

The boy went garage saling over the weekend, without me, and bought these hideous Wrangler shirts for me to resew. They are so ugly, I cannot wait to wear them. If this isnt true love, I dont know what is.

The boy went garage saling over the weekend, without me, and bought these hideous Wrangler shirts for me to resew. They are so ugly, I cannot wait to wear them. If this isn't true love, I don't know what is.

Ruffly Coin-Purse

It’s too small to be a clutch… but too big for Barbie’s luggage. 

I bought a couple of coin purses just like the a few years ago on clearance at Forever 21. Originally, I was planning on covering them in beads and sequins, but when I came across one this weekend, I decided I’d just make my own.

The fabrics are from my Mom’s Fat Quarter Reject pile (I had used part of them on a previous shirt), there’s two (the main part and flap, and the ruffle). The inside is fully lined with a thin layer of fused plastic. It needed to be a little sturdier than just a piece of cotton if I was going to throw in coins, forks, cell phones, Carmex, scissors etc. 

Why is there ribbon lining the top flap? Because this was my first attempt at ruffles and I sewed that part together 3 times. Do I even have to mention that all three times were uneven? Not to mention that in the three times I sewed it, I still managed to NOT get all the ruffles sewn in, requiring me to hand sew a few areas. So the ribbon… it’s hot glued on. I know, that sounds incredibly tacky, but I promise you can’t see the glue. 

Also, the button is just for decoration and covers up a small snafu. 🙂 The flap and body connect with a snap.

I plan on making more of these, more detailed instructions coming!